The Silence of the Lambs

MGM Released 1991




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Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs is the 1991 Academy Award winning adaptation of the bestselling Thomas Harris novel of the same name, directed by the versatile Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Caged Heat, The Manchurian Candidate, The Truth About Charlie, Rachel Getting Married), who had previously scored acclaim with his Tom Hanks awards darling Philadelphia. The novel was a sequel to Harris' previous book Red Dragon, which was itself filmed by legendary director Michael Mann as Manhunter in the late 80s, and carries over one of the signature characters ' Dr. Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter ' essayed in the film by Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (Magic, A Bridge Too Far). In the film, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Best Actress Oscar recipient Jodie Foster, Panic Room, The Accused, Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, Contact, Maverick) accepts an assignment to appeal to the incarcerated psychopath to aid her agency in the manhunt for a monstrous psychopath dubbed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine, Heat, Monk, Evolution), who is flaying women in order to construct a 'woman suit' out of their skin for himself. Can Starling get on Lecter's good graces in time to save the daughter of a Senator, before she becomes Bill's next casualty?



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Metacritic Score

  • 100


    A mesmerizing thriller that will grip audiences from first scene to last.

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    All sorts of macabre things have gone on, and are still going on just offscreen, in Jonahan Demme's swift, witty new suspence thriller.[14 February 1991]

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

Clarice Starling

Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn

Jack Crawford

Ted Levine

Ted Levine

Jame Gumb

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Dr. Hannibal Lecter

Anthony Heald

Anthony Heald

Dr. Frederick Chilton

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isolation from society, high stake situations, fight for survival, facing danger, coping with death